Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Goon

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 74% (Critics) / 84% (Audience)
Directed By: Tyler Perry
Written By: Jay Baruchel, Evan Goldberg, Adam Frattasio and Doug Smith
Starring: Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Eugene Levy, Alison Pill, and Liev Schreiber
Studio: Magnolia Pictures

Synopsis: Labeled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way. (Source)

The Good:
While he is most famously known for playing Stifler, the Lord of All Douchebags in the AMERICAN PIE movies, Seann William Scott has a real knack for playing the lovably moronic and innocent man-child. He pulls it off perfectly as Doug Glatt, the only dumb member of a family of doctors who turns his penchant for brawling into a career as a minor league hockey team’s go-to bruiser. With his wide-eyed naivete and goofy smile Scott creates a character that it is impossible not to like but he keeps him grounded enough in reality that he doesn’t become a caricature.
Liev Schreiber is also really good as Ross Rhea, the veteran hockey player who Glatt looks up to and is also on a collision course with. He brings a world weariness to his character while also keeping him out of the stock villain arena. Rhea is just a guy who is playing out his final days in the sport he loves and he intends to go out on his feet with his head held high.
Jay Baruchel (who also co-wrote this movie) as Glatt’s hyper, motor-mouthed best friend has some very funny scenes and the rest of Glatt’s teammates are all funny and interesting characters too.
The place this movie really shines though is with the hockey action itself. While the fights are brutal and well shot, I also thought the actual hockey game play was thrilling to watch.

The Bad:
The romantic subplot was terrible. Scott had no chemistry with Alison Pill and her character was not very well thought out.

The Ugly:
There was a serious shortage of Eugene Levy in this movie.

Final Verdict: GOON is a fun movie that or the most part doesn’t try to be anything more than what it looks like: a testosterone filled sport’s movie. The only time it falls apart is when it strays from that path and tries to shoehorn in a romantic comedy subplot. B-

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